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RNLI footage of attempted sea cave rescue

Swanage RNLI has released footage of the attempted rescue of a woman trapped in a sea cave. Rescue teams were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage yesterday afternoon, including the RNLI and a Coastguard helicopter. But it soon became clear that any rescue had to be made from the cliffs.

With the light failing and high tide approaching, the St Albans' Cliff Technician entered the cave through the blow hole. But after entering, it became apparent that the woman had sadly succumbed. There is no sound on this video.

Trapped woman dies in sea cave

A woman has died despite a major rescue operation to free her from a coastal cave in Dorset. Coasguards, Swanage and St Albans RNLI were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage at 3.20pm yesterday to reports of a woman trapped in a sea cave.

Rescue teams could either enter the cave underwater or through a blowhole at the roof of the cave. With the light failing and high tide approaching, the St Albans' Cliff Technician entered the cave through the blow hole. But after entering, it became apparent that the woman had sadly succumbed.

A Coastguard spokesperson said: 'The difficult decision was taken that the recovery of the body at that point was too dangerous to undertake. Naturally at this time the team's thoughts are with the deceased person's family and friends.'

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Lifeboat crew pay their respects

His was an act of bravery and sacrifice that has never been forgotten.

Every year the crew of the Swanage Lifeboat pay their respects to coxswain William Brown who died during a rescue back in 1895 - the only Swanage crew member ever to be lost at sea.

This year they were joined by William's last surviving grandchild, Marion Mason from Weymouth. And she had a special donation to give to the present day crew. Martin Dowse has the story.

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Search continues for missing Weymouth sailor

Geoff Cole set sail from Weymouth at the weekend Credit: Family photograph

The search for a sailor from Weymouth continues after his yacht was found off the French coast.

Geoff Cole is thought to have set sail from the town on the weekend for Swanage, but never arrived. His yacht was discovered on Monday morning between Fécamp and Dieppe with no-one aboard.

Missing sailor Geoff Cole from Weymouth Credit: Family photograph

Inspector Bob Jacobs, of Dorset Police, said: “We are growing increasingly concerned for Geoffrey and are anxious to establish his whereabouts.

“His family are desperate for him to return to them safe and well.

“I am appealing for anyone with any information to Geoffrey’s whereabouts to get in touch at the earliest opportunity.”

Victim has both vehicles tyres slashed

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen two vehicles getting their tyres slashed.

It happened along Princess Road in Swanage, between the evening of Saturday 14th September and the morning of Sunday 15th September.

A man was seen in the early hours of Sunday morning down the same road the vehicles were damaged. He has been described as white, around five feet ten inches tall and of a very slim build.

Police Constable Mari Montgomery of Purbeck police said, "Both vehicles belong to the same victim and it seems to have been a deliberate act causing great inconvenience."

"I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity or saw this man in the area."

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Iconic pier to be restored

It's one of the most iconic piers on our coastline, and today work began to repair it after it was severely damaged by a storm last winter.

Divers went down below Swanage Pier in Dorset to begin the work, costing £50,000, that'll see it fully restored and safe for the public to enjoy, hopefully for generations to come. Martin Dowse went to see them at work.

Railway volunteers celebrate cash boost

Swanage Railway Credit: PA

Plans to re-introduce a regular train service between two Dorset locations have been given a cash boost.

Swanage Railway volunteers are celebrating after winning a £1.47 million government grant to fund a regular train service from Swanage and Corfe Castle to the main line at Wareham - a long-held ambition since the service was axed four decades ago.

Campaigners say the historic grant from the Coastal Communities Fund will give an important transport, tourism and employment boost to the Isle of Purbeck.

The grant has been awarded to the volunteer-run Swanage Railway Company - owned and controlled by the Swanage Railway Trust charity - with the first regular trains hoped to be running between Wareham, Corfe Castle and Swanage within two years.

Peter Sills, Swanage Railway Company chairman, said: "We are elated at this tremendous and very historic news because the Swanage Railway has been campaigning to bring back regular trains from Swanage and Corfe Castle to Wareham since 1972."

The grant was one of 20 awarded to seaside projects by the Coastal Communities Fund in a bid to boost jobs and bring new business opportunities to coastal areas.

Steam power back in Swanage

It took seven weeks to rip up and thirty years to put it back.

But trains have been running over the line again at the Swanage Railway in Dorset.

It means passengers can travel all the way from Wareham to the main line.

Our transport correspondent Mike Pearse reports

Mike Pearse spoke to guests on the first train service from Wareham and Mike Whitwam from Swanage Railway.

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